Illinois Security Guard Shoots Sledgehammer Wielding Jewelry Store Robber

June 27 2013
by GSL Staff
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Stock Gun Photo  - Semi AutoAccording to NBC Chicago, a security guard in Oak Brook, IL was forced to use a firearm to defend himself after three men, one of whom was armed with a sledgehammer, broke into a jewelry store.

The guard intervened during the robbery, telling the men to stop and drop the large hammer, but the hammer wielding suspect did not comply and actually began advancing towards the guard.

That is when the guard shot the suspect in self defense. The suspect was struck once in the abdomen. The other two suspects fled the area in a black SUV once the shooting started.

The suspect who was shot was taken to an area hospital where he is in stable condition.

According to the NBC report,

The other two men fled the mall in a black SUV, which police said was stolen from the mall’s parking lot. They are described as black males in their late 20s and early 30s. One man is heavy set, police said, stands about 5-foot-9, has a tattoo on the right side of his neck and was wearing a black T-shirt.

The other man is taller, possibly 5 feet, 11 inches, with a heavy beard and wearing a white T-shirt.

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